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Northern Michigan Regional Health System Named a 'Working Mother 100 Best Company - 2007' by Working Mother Magazine
Date:9/25/2007

Health system recognized for excellence in helping colleagues achieve

family- friendly work life balance

PETOSKEY, Mich., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Working Mother magazine today named Northern Michigan Regional Health System as one of "100 Best companies 2007 for Working Mothers." Integral to its "Commitment to Excellence" organizational transformation initiative, Northern Michigan Regional Health System is using company-wide benefits and programs to ensure the retention and advancement of working mothers.

"Every year our winning companies raise the bar for what it means to be an employer of choice for working families," said Carol Evans, CEO and President, Working Mother Media. "Northern Michigan Regional Health System not only offers essential benefits like flextime and telecommuting -- they go above and beyond with a range of best practices and policies to ease the difficulties for working parents and their families. Their supportive culture makes a huge difference to employees who want to be great moms and great workers."

Added Suzanne Riss, the editor-in-chief of Working Mother magazine, "As a working mother myself, I understand how absolutely essential it is for companies to find ways to nurture the personal and professional lives of employees. I commend Northern Michigan Regional Health System for conceiving and effectively implementing programs and benefits that offer an inspiring paradigm for the rest of corporate America: it is possible to be both family- friendly and financially successful."

Northern Michigan Regional Health System is singled out for this honor in recognition of a strong commitment to its mission and the core values of the organization including creating a balanced work life environment. It is reflective of the success of the "Commitment to Excellence" effort, which among other positive outcomes has generated more than 3,700 implemented ideas from employee colleagues in areas such as patient care quality and work-life improvement.

"Achieving this recognition confirms and validates the ongoing positive changes in our hospital's culture," said Thomas C. Mroczkowski, President and CEO. "Each employee colleague at all levels of the organization is engaged and focused on quality patient care, on creating an environment where everyone can do their best work. From an on-site day care center, to support for adoptive parents, to generous maternity and paternity leaves, flexible work schedules, helpful services such as dry cleaning and take-home meals, and even a baby shower for our employee colleagues and their newborns, Northern Michigan Regional Health System is proud to be an 'employer of choice' in Michigan. Each and every day our staff is living our mission of caring for patients as they would for their own families. I am honored to accept the 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies recognition on their behalf."

Methodology:

Northern Michigan Regional Health System was selected for 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies recognition based on an extensive application of 575 questions. The application included detailed questions about workforce, compensation, child care and flexibility programs, leave policies, and more. It also checked the usage, availability, and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, and company culture. For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to flexibility and family- friendly policies.

For more information on the 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies and for a complete list of winners, visit http://www.workingmother.com.

About Northern Michigan Regional Health System:

Northern Michigan Regional Health System includes a comprehensive 243-bed, regional referral hospital located in Petoskey with more than 1,600 employee colleagues and a medical staff of 171 physicians who represent nearly all medical specialties. Northern Michigan Regional Hospital provides full- service care and nationally recognized heart, cancer, orthopedics, and neuroscience programs. System affiliates include Boulder Park Terrace, a long-term care and rehabilitation center; Hospice of Little Traverse Bay; Vital Care, home health care services and medical equipment; The Living Room, adult day care services; and the Community Free Clinic, caring for uninsured and underinsured. Additional information about Northern Michigan Regional Health System may be found at http://www.northernhealth.org.


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